Hi, sd. Things not working out so brilliantly at the moment!
It was my first time on the outward commute after dark and in rain on the very busy A-road to work. Visibility very poor and oncoming headlamps are so bright and many forget to dip. Like off road running it's hard to know whether to keep specs on or not - can't see much either way.
I was trying to make the best of it and making good speed in a high gear on a slightly downhill straight stretch, possibly getting towards 30 mph when something unexpected happened.
sorry to hear that TRex, hope you make a quick recovery!
Good luck to those doing the Conwy half tomorrow - great course - surely one of the most scenic half marathons out there!? Looks like my clubmate who organises the race has had his prayers to to the weather gods answered again!? 30 from my club (out of 80 members) taking part - unfortunately coincides with annual village bus/away trip tomorrow
Yes, unfortunately my front light chose that moment to suddenly swivel loose so not only could I not see ahead but it got jammed into a position where it was shining directly into my eyes. I had goodness knows how many lumens of one of Cat Eye's brightest AA battery lights hurting my eyeballs.
This was a problem, and I tried to do several things at once: swivel the light back into position, but I couldn't seem to move it, brake, and steer in a straight line, squinting over the top of my specs to see where I was going in the rain hopefully to avoid going straight into the dazzling headlamps coming the other way as well as avoid being hit by the fast moving traffic coming up behind.
I tried to err on the side of caution by keeping well to the left, but it was a situation I couldn't manage and I found myself going into the verge, still at speed, and crashing in a heap with my bike.
A car stopped to see if I was OK and helped me to pick myself up. I seemed to be in one piece but my left shoulder was hurting a lot. With 3 miles of commute still to do I didn't have much option other than to get back on and continue.
Arrived at work and it was a desperate struggle changing into my work clothes. A&E was nearby so I had an X-ray and the nurse came out smiling, "It's a break all right!" (left collarbone). A sling and some painkillers and back to work. Got a lift home at the end of the shift and here I am feeling a bit sorry for myself as well as embarrassed.
Well as always Conwy half was brilliant, well organised, beautiful day, amazing scenery and great atmosphere. Didn't have much of a race plan. Go out quick for the first couple of miles to avoid the bottle neck and then see what happens. Plan worked 1:40:53 a PB by 24 seconds!! splits 7:20 7:35 7:43 7:36 7:41 8:14 9:00 7:47 6:20 7:32 7:45 7:30 7:41 1:09 av pace 7:40. So not bad at all 3 weeks after Snod very little training due to dodgy achilles. As always great to see Brer
Great going TR40 and JD
Hey all, TRex....glad is was nothing worse, a friend of mine has just come out of hospital after being knocked off his bike, Several broken ribs and fractured hip. Hope you are feeling better soon.
JD..well done and for being soooo charitable.
Great to see you again TR40, and very well done on the PB. I knew you would do well as you got such a confidence booster at Snod.
I trotted in 4 mins after you and I was 2nd in category. Only get a tech t shirt though, no cash!! Totally recommend this event, really is my favourite Half especially on a day like today. PERFECT!
Cheers chaps. Ok, what's next then? Portsmouth marathon on Dec 23rd for me..is it warmer down there in December??
Noooo, don't tempt me
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